I'm not one to try to find the silver lining in having breast cancer. Cancer sucks. I'm not one to wax romantic about all the lessons I have learned about life because of cancer. The primary lesson I have learned is that cancer sucks.
The whole thing gets a little muddy after you denounce "secular reparative therapy" and start laying out the alternative.
I believe in a community where we don't just preach about the wonderful things that Jesus did but where we truly put those things into action. Do we actually do what He modeled? What does it look like in our context to heal the sick? To teach? To serve the least of these?
With heavy threads of green and red, and white and blue, I will embroider the border of Mexico and the United States.
"How can people of faith best approach scientific endeavors for the good of all?" That was my question to Episcopal Presiding Bishop Katharine Jeffe...
Justin, I saw in Relevant Magazine this past week that you are renewing your Christian faith. As a United Methodist minister, I am delighted for you. Way to go, man.
I'm sick of religion being dragged into every single political discussion. It is cheap and easy theatrics. But the politicians aren't going to stop. Wanna know why? Because it is emotionally manipulative and if you hit the right triggers, emotional manipulation works every single time.
The challenge of Putin as well as ISIS requires an answer beyond avoidance and containment. The threat is immediate but also the challenge to the rule of law and the ideology upon which free and democratic states have prospered as societies and economies over the last few decades.
Faith isn't something we can simply will to happen with gritty determination and spiritual stubbornness. Faith isn't something we can magically muster when we're feeling particularly "right with God."
Harris's next book will be, perhaps, his most controversial -- which is a rather impressive claim for the author of books that claim to disprove the notion of free will and call for the end of faith in America.
The lesson we get from Francis this week should not be, "Oh, how nice; he cares about the poor, isn't that sweet?" The lesson should be, this man is an inspiration to thousands, perhaps millions, and the way he got to that point is by continually deepening the person he always was.
Recently I wrote a blog about what millennials like myself are looking for in a church. The answer, which apparently wasn't quite clear enough, is that we are looking for socially and politically active congregations, churches that live the gospel, not just preach it.
I think that in a male-dominated society, the pressure of being a masculine man is even greater. This makes men feel insecure and frightened, sometimes of their own sexuality. I have a hard time seeing anything changing to the better in Uganda before the male role changes.
I'm not so sure about some people's ability to separate zombie fact from zombie fiction. The only fact that exists about zombies is that there are no such things as zombies. I thought that was the one thing we could all agree upon.
I spend tremendous energy tempering my terminology, and my words get misunderstood anyway. I mostly write around my faith for fear I will be labeled then left out because of it. But why?
I am a Christian, and I don't believe that Jesus was God. I don't believe Mary was a virgin, or that God exists as a "trinity." I certainly do not believe Jesus died for my sins or those of anybody else, and perhaps most shocking, I do not believe Jesus rose from the dead.